A big thank you to everyone who wrote to me regarding what I should use for currency in Mexico.
We arrived back from BP Coba a week ago today. Weather was great for both weddings and we had a good time.
When shopping, most articles were priced in US $ and in Peso's, so you could pay either way except at Wal-Mart where everything was in Pesos. When we went to the Wal-Mart in Playa, it was quite an experience. Everything small that we wanted to buy was locked up in glass cases and you had to get them to open it and then put it in a plastic case to be reopened at the cashier. Chapstick at 1.37 and an emery board at 1.67 were two of the items that we bought. Makes you realize how lucky we are at home to be able to just purchase stuff like this without even thinking.
I took 50.00 US $ to Mexico and the rest in CDN $. I almost made it home with over half of the US $ until we were at the airport and I ran out of pesos and it cost me almost 14.00 US $ for 4 drinks, but taking CDN cash and converting it works just fine.
I exchanged my CDN $ at both the resort and in Playa Del Carmen when we went into town one of the days. I got 9.20 for every 10.00 at the resort and in town it was 9.50 for every 10.00 CDN. US $ got just over 11.00 at the resort and I'm not sure how much it was in Playa Del Carmen because I only exchanged CDN $.
I never did try my bank card since I had more than enough CDN cash with me to pay for everything I bought, so maybe someone else can answer this for us.
I just rented a safe at the resort and kept most of my money in it, so there was no problem with the money going missing.
Hope you all have a great time and if you have any other questions, please e-mail me. We didn't get to do a whole lot because the weddings consumed 2 of the 7 days we were there, but they were more than worth going down there. My daughter and her new husband and my son and his new wife actually stayed a 2nd week and did quite a few more things and they had a wonderful time, so they might be able to help you out with any other questions you might have.